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The Town of Ladysmith has entered into agreements with a number of community-based organizations to support mutual aims and work together to build a stronger, sustainable community.
These include Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce (funding for Visitor Information Centre and office space); Ladysmith Maritime Society (various initiatives to increase marine visitors to the community); Ladysmith Golf Course Society (assistance with groundskeeping); Ladysmith Arts Council (provision of space for the Waterfront Art Gallery and a partnership to deliver art programming), and the Stz'uminus First Nation (see below).
Council members of the Town of Ladysmith and the Stz'uminus First Nation first signed a Community Accord in 2007, in which we pledged to strengthen our relationship and work together on matters of common interest.
Our two Councils have met regularly since 2007 and we utilize the resources of the Province's Community to Community (C2C) program to support our work.
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities has consistently provided grant funding to facilitate these meetings.
A Joint Community Report published in February 2016 outlines the progress we have made together on our joint initiatives.
In 2012, our commitments were renewed under an updated Accord, titled the Naut’sa Mawt Community Accord ("working together" in the Hul'qumi'num language). Updates to the Accord include:
The purpose of the Accord remains the same to formally recognize and understand the common interests and goals of the two communities so that a strong framework is in place for community leaders to pursue, in partnership, initiatives and opportunities that serve greater good.
To continue to develop the cooperative relationship that exists between our Communities, we signed a Co-operation Protocol in 2012 which outlined an agreement to pursue initiatives of common interest. This protocol established a steering committee to implement the agreement. this committee, called the Naut'sa Mawt Steering Committee, has been meeting regularly since 2012. The Naut'sa Mawt Steering Committee has its own Terms of Reference.
The Cooperation Protocol was formalized in October 2012 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out joint initiatives and the means for us to work together. The list of 15 joint initiatives includes:
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities provided funding to facilitate the forming of these initiatives.
In November 2014, the Town and the Stz'uminus First Nation signed a joint sewer and water Services Agreement.